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Rivera admits to being at Fort Plain murder

FONDA — Officers involved in the investigation into the shooting death of a Fort Plain man last June testified in Montgomery County Court Wednesday in the trial against one of the three men allegedly involved in the killing, Eric S. Rivera. The officers said Rivera voluntarily went to police ...

BOCES closer to hiring leader

JOHNSTOWN — Officials say the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education is “moving along” in its search for a new district superintendent. Board President Joanne Freeman and Interim Superintendent Anita Murphy discussed the search at the board’s meeting Wednesday at the ...

Canajoharie schools get new leader

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Board of Education appointed Nick Fitzgerald as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 1, at a special meeting on Tuesday. “I am excited, grateful and humbled to be the next superintendent of schools for the Canajoharie Central School ...

Johnstown Police Department and FMCC pair for community survey

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Police Department is partnering with Fulton-Montgomery Community College this spring to conduct an 18-question “community survey” on public safety and law enforcement. “We’re probably going to be done in two to three months,” city Police Chief David Gilbo ...

GASD says ‘goodbye’ to Superintendent Ramos

AMSTERDAM — It was a mixed bag of emotions at the Greater Amsterdam School District Board of Education meeting last night at the Amsterdam High School. The board wasted no time to congratulate and provide a proclamation certificate to district Superintendent Vicky Ramos, who was sitting in ...

DA: Fort Plain victim killed over $160 debt

FONDA — A dispute over $160 escalated to become a conspiracy between three men to murder a Fort Plain man last June, Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski told a jury Tuesday at the start of the Montgomery County Court trial against Eric S. Rivera, one of the three allegedly ...

Johnstown water board officials stay optimistic

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown Water Board spokesman said last week the board is attempting to be positive in light of some past ill feelings with city government over mutual issues in recent years. Board Vice President John Swierzowski said Thursday that some bad feelings remain from 2015 when ...

Johnstown’s LED street lighting contract approved

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council Monday night approved a contract through National Grid to purchase lights to upgrade lighting on city streets and on city buildings. “We hope to start this year,” Mayor Vern Jackson said Tuesday of the project. The council on Monday at City Hall heard a ...

City burglar sentenced to prison

JOHNSTOWN — A convicted city burglar was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to 3 1/3 to seven years in state prison. Garrett A. Barnwell, 47, of North Melcher Street, was sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye, as part of a plea arrangement. He was sentenced as a second ...

Two Mayfield schools awarded two grants

MAYFIELD — The Board of Education met briefly last night at the Mayfield High School with the excitement of the meeting coming from the announcement that two grants were to be awarded to both the elementary and high school. The board announced that Mayfield had been awarded two Stewart’s ...

Young seeking 4th term

GLOVERSVILLE — Incumbent Gloversville Fifth Ward Supervisor Gregory Young announced Friday he will run for reelection to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors this November. “I hope to continue to work to make county government more sustainable and efficient, improve the community’s ...

Man pleads guilty in firearms case

ALBANY — An Amsterdam man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to firearms offenses. A news release indicated Nelson Rodriguez, 39, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a felon. The announcement was ...

GJSD board eyes 50% tax levy jump

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education plans on April 17 approving a $38.5 million 2019-20 district budget that adds $4 million to the current $8.6 million district levy. The board ‘s six out of nine members present Monday night at Johnstown High School made ...

Fort Plain murder trial starts today

FONDA — One of the three men charged in connection with the killing of a Fort Plain man last June will stand trial today in Montgomery County Court. Eric S. Rivera, 31, of Gloversville, was indicted in October on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree conspiracy to commit a ...

GESD board looks to trim $64M budget

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education on Monday received a list of items to consider for possible removal from the robust early draft of the 2019-20 school budget presented last month while the district awaits state aid figures. GESD Treasurer Cathy ...

Broadalbin-Perth discusses state aid dilemma

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s Board of Education met Monday at the Broadalbin-Perth high school to discuss several topics. One of the main topics on the agenda for the evening was the topic of state aid. It was brought to the attention of the board by ...

Supervisors set public hearing

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week set a public hearing on a formal draft map, plan and report to be done for proposed Fulton County Sewer District No. 3 in the Meco hamlet area of the town of Johnstown. The hearing was set for 1:45 p.m. April 8 in the ...

Galway district elections set for May 21

GALWAY — The Galway Central School District annual election will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 21, in the high school auditorium lobby, at which time polls will be open, according to a news release. The personal registration for the school district voters who have not voted in school ...

Gloversville man to get prison time following felony drug conviction

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man is going to state prison for over three years on a recent felony drug conviction in Fulton County Court. Shon L. Lewis, 22, of 86 E. Pine St., pleaded guilty March 12 before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of fourth-degree criminal ...

Sale of property praised

JOHNSTOWN — Two Gloversville legislators on March 11 praised Fulton County Board of Supervisors action to sell two county properties to the city. The board approved the sale of Gloversville properties at 113 Washington St. and 12 Elk St. at its monthly meeting at the County Office ...